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Win or lose, a drive to Green Bay for a pre-season Packers game can be memorable

A few weeks ago, on a whim, I purchased seven tickets to watch the exhibition contest between our Packers and the Cleveland Browns. The tickets are good, cheap and the game falls on the birthday of my friend Zakk, who has declared himself an Ohio native. I'm convinced that Zakk's first trip to legendary Lambeau will be just as amazing as mine was, igniting a fiery passion for the Packers and the sport of football. >More
 Bret Bielema and the press

A couple years ago, an item in this space razzed Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema not just for his boring public persona, but for sounding like "a big jock raking through a limited vocabulary and coming up with clumps of clichés." >More
 The other Olympics

What's more lame, NBC's coverage of the London Olympics or complaining on social media about that coverage? Apparently, all those participating in the #NBCFail meme expect to see exactly what they want, when they want it, failing to understand that the network's priority is to deliver the biggest possible number of viewers to its advertisers. >More
 Danny Sullivan to the rescue for the Mallards

Sunday night's game couldn't have started much worse for the Madison Mallards and starting pitcher Sam Forkert. Visiting La Crosse led off the game with a home run. The next guy up also went deep. Forkert hit the third guy and then surrendered another home run to the fourth batter. >More
 How UW resembles Penn State

The report prepared by former FBI director Louis Freeh on how Penn State officials reacted to reports of sexual assault by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is 162 pages long, plus exhibits and appendixes. It is excruciatingly detailed, much of it as heartbreaking as it is blood-boiling. >More
 Professional Ultimate frisbee comes to Madison

Professional Ultimate Frisbee is coming to Madison. Starting in the spring of 2013, the Madison Radicals will compete in the American Ultimate Disc League, which is in the final weeks of its inaugural season. The Radicals will be part of an eight-team expansion that will double the size of the league and allow for a conference that will also include teams in Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis. >More
 Racing midget cars at Sun Prairie's Angell Park Speedway (video)

Sporting in the 608 takes a tour of Sun Prairie driver Brandon Waelti's shop and finds out what's special about the local dirt oval at Angell Park. >More
 Can the Brewers shrug off their slump?

At the halfway point of the 2012 season, observers looking to grade this version of the Milwaukee Brewers would be challenged to come up with something more accurate than a simple "meh," uttered with a smirk and a roll of the eyes. The Crew is 40-45, eight games behind Pittsburgh in the division and well off the pace of last year's squad, which finished with a franchise-record 96 wins. >More
 Instant replay vs. human error

When Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig appeared at a conference hosted by St. Norbert College in May, he was asked about expanding the use of instant replay beyond determining whether home run balls clear the fence or foul poles. "I've had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more," he said at the time. >More
 Who are the Madison Mallards? Meet three 2012 players

Every summer, college baseball players from around the country fly north to become Madison Mallards. They're greeted by a ballpark full of enthusiastic fans as interested in drinking beer, devouring snacks, and engaging in kid-friendly fun. But the team's coaching staff has the unique challenge of creating a unified flock out of 25-30 individuals in a very short period of time. Who are these Mallards, and from where did they migrate? >More
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